Thursday, September 27, 2007

The 80's, and other early harbingers of the Apocalypse

So, because I like to torture myself, and have recently given up one of my favorite pastimes for Yom Kippur or Lent or something, I have turned to the never-fail method of Really Bad Music Videos.

Invisible Woman
, bless her, is right there with the bad 80's nostalgia trip. Thanks to her, I found myself watching this video by Vanity again and again:

(embedding disabled, which is probably a blessing, really)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fub8EXoMShc

Oh, I'm not saying it isn't the best song/video about money shots ever to be represented with feathers and giant glasses full of styrofoam peanuts. Just: well, the hair! the shoulders! the hair! the shiny! the burpy synthesizer! the gauzy floaty things! the Pretension! the HAIR!...

there was a lot of that about, sadly.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=oKTiwCez6Zs

someone! left the wedding cake out!@ in the rain! apparently fatally. bummer, dude.



But Wait! There's More!

feel the PAIN:



So, today's boybands make you writhe and twitch uncontrollably, do they? Well, listen up, l'il missy: -this- is what SOME of us were subjected to in our tender youth:



Oh yeah, that's right: FEAR the fedoras. and the SKIPPING OF DOOM.

But the very best song and/or video of the era, and possibly ever, I still think, has to be this:



Enjoy.

30 comments:

Veronica said...

Technically, November Rain isn't from the 80's.

Anonymous said...

At least you didn't "Rickroll" me!

Sister Nancy Beth Eczema said...

That was agonizing.

assembling words to armory, she waits... said...

i'm totally an '80s addict. especially media-wise. check this one out ~ am i dating myself by saying this was, like, my favorite cartoon EVER? i mean, it combined 80s music, bad videos, AND cartoons! can't get much better than kidd video:
http://www.youtube.com/v/GBQS1cgsEdU"

Sassywho said...

holy moly! i had the same experience today, but rather than several great videos... all i posted was Rod Stewart's "Love Touch"...

cars that go boom, that's so f'ng great. i loved miami bass

Vanessa said...

Vanity always reminds me of the movie "The Last Dragon." You know, the one where they guy gets "the glow" and then beats up Sho 'nuff, Shogun of Harlem?

Rootietoot said...

It's like they'd never heard of conditioner.

Thin Black Duke said...

"You know, the one where the guy gets "the glow" and then beats up Sho 'nuff, Shogun of Harlem?"

And then he catches a bullet with his teeth!

Hells Yeah!

Vanessa said...

Who's the master? I am!

You are the Last Dragon, you posess the power of the glow...I can teach you no more!!!

rosmar said...

The worst video I've seen lately:

http://www.cmt.com/videos/trace-adkins/62463/honky-tonk-badonkadonk.jhtml

Eli said...

What, no Word Up? Or Expose?

Jerseygirl89 said...

Thank you for that - now I know why I spent the '80's with bad hair and a belief that I could sing.

belledame222 said...

oh GOD i forgot all about Expose! aiyieeeee

misscripchick said...

i think i'm glad i missed all this whole era.

Todd and in Charge said...

Funny stuff. I recently riffed on acclaimed director David Fincher's less-than-auspicious start, doing several hilariously bad videos for Rick Springfield off of his "serious" 1986 disaster, Tao:

http://tinyurl.com/2zs3b3

tonks said...

My god how I loved New Kids on the Block...but now I'm not sure why.

Octogalore said...

so, what have you given up?

queen emily said...

Wait, *today's* boybands? Who? The reformed Backstreet Boys and Take That are 90s relics and clearly don't count.

Are they still boybands if they play guitars instead of dance? This is all terribly confusing, belle.

queen emily said...

PS I actually think the many train wrecks from the 80s are a sign there was a lot of good things going on. You can only have a train wreck when you actually try to do something out of your reach. I'll take that over the "not before we've put it through 5 focus groups" mentality of the industry today.

*is a weirdo*

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